The New Structure of Labor Relations / Edition 1

The New Structure of Labor Relations / Edition 1

by Harry C. Katz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801441846

ISBN-13: 9780801441844

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Tripartism—the national-level interaction among representatives of labor, management, and government—occurs infrequently in the United States. Based on the U.S. experience, then, such interactions might seem irrelevant to economic performance and policymaking. The essays in this volume reveal the falsity of that assumption. Contributors from eight

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Tripartism—the national-level interaction among representatives of labor, management, and government—occurs infrequently in the United States. Based on the U.S. experience, then, such interactions might seem irrelevant to economic performance and policymaking. The essays in this volume reveal the falsity of that assumption. Contributors from eight industrialized countries (Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, and the United States) examine the changing nature of labor-management relations, with a particular focus on the role of tripartism and the decentralization of collective bargaining.

Although nonexistent in the United States and on the decline in Japan and Australia, tripartism flourishes in Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands, expanding beyond traditional corporatist partners to include women's organizations, senior citizens, and other representatives of "civic society." The vibrancy of the coordinating mechanisms that help shape employment conditions and labor policy contradicts the traditional belief that an overpowering unilateral decentralizing shift is underway in labor-management interactions. The contributors show that these mechanisms are in fact increasing in the face of intensified pressures, promoting greater flexibility in work organization and working time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801441844
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Changing Nature of Labor, Management, and Government Interactions1
1The Irish Experiment in Social Partnership10
2The Netherlands: Resilience in Structure, Revolution in Substance37
3Collective Bargaining and Social Pacts in Italy59
4The Changing Nature of Collective Bargaining in Germany: Coordinated Decentralization84
5The Rise and Fall of Interunion Wage Coordination and Tripartite Dialogue in Japan119
6Will the Model of Uncoordinated Decentralization Persist? Changes in Korean Industrial Relations After the Financial Crisis143
7The Changing Structure of Collective Bargaining in Australia166
8United States: The Spread of Coordination and Decentralization without National-Level Tripartism192
Summary: Reconstructing Decentralized Collective Bargaining and Other Trends in Labor-Management-Government Interactions213
Notes225
References235
Contributors257
Index259

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